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Matthew speaks to companies, sports teams and other organisations on psychology, performance and continuous improvement

He has given keynotes about Black Box Thinking to pioneering organisations around the world including a specially convened meeting of global finance ministers at Harvard University, the commanders and admirals of the British surface fleet, Britain’s chief constables, the Presidents of the medical Royal Colleges, the General Staff of the British Army, the global partners of Goldman Sachs, as well as the Arsenal first team and other top sports organisations.

He is passionate about young people and education. His Mindset for Education conferences are about providing brilliant, often busy teachers and school leaders with the latest research and tools to unleash curiosity, creativity and growth mindset in their students. He also provides tailored events for businesses and a learning course on the principles of high performance.

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Testimonials

“An outstanding speech that transformed the perspective of coaches and players alike. Our young players have been talking about it ever since.”  Steve Bould, Arsenal FC

“A wonderful speech delivered to 1000 senior executives. Matthew’s messages are powerful and thought-provoking – and they have become central to the strategy of our business.”  Norman Pickavance, HR Director, Morrisons

“Matthew Syed is a fabulous speaker with superb ideas. He challenges and inspires in equal measure.”
Michael Sherwood, Chief Executive, Goldman Sachs International

“Very good speaker – provocative and articulate.  It forced me to reflect on how I approach development within my team.  I have continued to think on this after the event which I think shows how impactful it was.”
Hana Searson, Director, Barclays

“Always interesting and insightful; often provocative; never dull.  One of the most impactful speakers I have ever encountered.”  Julian Thomas, Master, Wellington College

“I have found Matthew Syed’s presentations clear, compelling and entertaining. In both his presentations and his books he combines hard evidence, strong argument and telling anecdote. He draws on a wide range of fields, including sport and business, and uses language free of jargon. I have never heard the case for a growth mindset or learning from mistakes more effectively made. ” Sir Michael Barber, Chief Education Advisor, Pearson

“Matthew’s messages were fantastic. He not only described clearly how champions are made, but could also give evidence based arguments that supported his bold assertions. His influence on our squad and management was an extremely positive one for which we are very grateful.”  Mark McCall, Saracens Director of Rugby

“The best speech of its kind I have ever heard. It inspired, entertained and informed in equal measure.”                          David Richardson, The Atlantic Group

 

“Matthew Syed is an extremely inspirational speaker. He succinctly and persuasively encapsulated the winning ethos during his presentation to Vodafone’s Global Heads of Marketing. We departed feeling highly motivated.”
Maria Bellanca, Head of Group Sponsorship PR, Vodafone

“Captivating and inspirational, we have had excellent feedback from our clients for an outstanding after dinner speech.”  Ron Pearson, Bowmark Capital

“Extremely interesting and hugely thought provoking.  Matthew is an outstanding speaker.”  Mike Hart, Royal Yachting Association

“The superlatives I have heard from attendees is a reflection of the importance of your thesis. My clients were fascinated by all angles of your overview, it could not have gone any better.”  Jason Doyle, Alliance Bernstein

“The feedback to your talk was amazing, with department heads using their development time in the afternoon to discuss your ideas and many people stopping me in the corridor to thank me for asking you to come in.”
Ross Allen, Surrey Schools

“Provocative and eye-opening, it changed the way I think about life and success. It has so many implications for the business.”  Cathy Brown, The Third Space

“You’ve had a huge impact on our students and I can’t thank you enough for both the valuable message and the eloquence of its delivery. The number and quality of questions showed the level of engagement you elicited. A truly memorable afternoon.” Giles Bennett, Deputy Director, Kings College School, Wimbledon

“Matthew was everything I had hoped for and more. He captivated the audience with material that he made directly relevant to our business. He was asked some thought provoking questions and came back with equally thought provoking answers. As a company we are on a journey of change and Matthew’s presentation supported our strategy for the year ahead and beyond.”  Alison Traversoni, Executive Director, E.Surv Chartered Surveyors

“Your talk was masterful and the audience was rapt throughout. They will cherish it for many a moon.”                            Geoff Simpson, Westminster School

“A fantastic speaker with ideas that are both powerful and relevant. Eye-opening and wonderfully entertaining.”
Ben Preson, Orbis Fund Management

“Utterly inspiring. We are looking forward already to booking you again.” Colin Passmore, Senior Partner, Simmons and Simmons

“Superb and engaging, Matthew captivated an audience of global professionals who went away with a refreshed sense of what it means to identify and motivate talented people.” David Leigh, Chief Executive, SHL Group

“You’ve had a huge impact on our students and I can’t thank you enough for both the valuable message and the eloquence of its delivery. The number and quality of questions showed the level of engagement you elicited. A truly memorable afternoon.” Giles Bennett, Deputy Director, Kings College School, Wimbledon